“The last 10km killed me but I had to finish”

Leech’s Ireland debut: “The last 10km killed me but I had to finish”

Conor Leech made an impressive Irish debut at the European junior road race championships this week in France, the young Clonard CC man doing well to finish on a day so many more were listed as non-finishers. Leech is the Irish rider with the black helmet, above, on the start line with Xeno Young and Jake Gray.

By Brian Canty

Conor Leech made his Irish debut at the European junior road race championships in France this week and though he didn’t manage to finish with the main bunch he gave a really impressive account.

The Clonard CC man was 109th some 8:52 down on winner Nicolas Malle of France and said the experience was something he’ll never forget.

“I was delighted to have just been selected; it made all the winter training worthwhile and it was one of my goals at the start of the season to ride for Ireland,” he said.

“I was a bit nervous on the start-line as I didn’t really know what I was heading into.

“I didn’t really have a job for the race. I was just hoping to stay in the bunch as long as possible.”

The Leech brothers are ripping it up for Clonard, a club linked to another great cycling family the Mayes who won a huge number of races back in the day (Photo: Sean Rowe)

He rode a solid race and managed to stay with the leaders for just over 100 of the 123-kilometre contest.

“The atmosphere was class; it was something completely new to me,” he recalled.

“Going up the climb every lap was unreal with the crowds and the noise, it made some of the pain in the legs go away for a while!

“I would have liked to have finished in the bunch but I got dropped around 15 kilometres to go when somebody lost the wheel ahead of me and I just wasn’t able to close the gap.

“The last 10 kilometres killed me on my own but I had to finish,” he added.

Overall, the team were pleased with Jake Gray and Robert O’Leary both finishing in big groups around three minutes down as Ben Walsh and Xeno Young but had to contend with crashes and mechanicals.

“Obviously the two lads (Young and Walsh) were disappointed that is bike racing.”

Leech plans to take a break now and look forward to his first year as an U23 in 2017.

And after a season where he finished seventh overall at the Junior Tour, rode an excellent national championships (bronze) and took a number of fine results he has every right to be confident of making the step-up.

Link to Stickybottle Article http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/leech-on-his-ireland-debut-the-last-10km-killed-me-but-i-had-to-finish/

More info on the Europeans available here;

Clonard post  http://clonardroadclub.com/archives/1762

UEC Road European Championships  Post  http://uec.ch/en/component/k2/item/513-2016-uec-road-european-championship-all-info.html

2016 UEC Road European Championships: all info

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2016 UEC Road European Championships: all info

Here below, all info about the next 2016 UEC Road European Championships that will be held in Plumelec – Morbihan – Bretagne (Fra).

TECHNICAL GUIDE

ROADBOOK

Women Juniors Course TT Profile TT Start List TT Result TT Course RR Profile RR Start List RR Result RR
Women Elite/U23 Course TT Profile TT Start List TT Result TT Course RR Profile RR Start List RR Result RR W Elite

Result RR W U23

Men Elite Course TT Profile TT Start List TT Result TT Course RR Profile RR Start List RR Result RR
Men Under 23 Course TT Profile TT Start List TT Result TT Course RR Profile RR Start List RR Result RR
Men Juniors Course TT Profile TT Start List TT Result TT Course RR Profile RR Start List RR Result RR

Timing and details

Women Juniors TT Route Details (Timing) TT Route Description RR Route Details (Timing) RR Route Description
Women Elite TT Route Details (Timing) TT Route Description RR Route Details (Timing) RR Route Description
Men Elite TT Route Details (Timing) TT Route Description RR Route Details (Timing) RR Route Description
Men Under 23 TT Route Details (Timing) TT Route Description RR Route Details (Timing) RR Route Description
Men Juniors TT Route Details (Timing) TT Route Description RR Route Details (Timing) RR Route Description

PROFILE LAST 5 KM

DOWNLOAD ALL THE COURSES (ZIP FILE, 9MB)

TV SCHEDULE

Pays Canal Date Horaire Type de diffusion
Belgique eéN 17.09.16
18.09.16
17:15-17:55
14:20-17:30
delayed
live
Danemark TV2 Sport

3 races (17/18.09) live

France FT3 17.09.16
18.09.16
15:15-17:05
15:15-17:15
live
live
Norvège NRK2
NRK2
NRK1
17.09.16
18.09.16
18.09.16
14:30-17:00
14:30-16:00
16:00-17:00
live
Europe (54 pays) Eurosport Int 18.09.16 14:30-17:00 live
Player

3 races (17/18.09) live

France Eurosport France 17.09.16 U-23
Women (17:30-19:30)
live
delayed
UK Eurosport UK 18.09.16 20:00-21:00 delayed
Asie Pacifique (17 pays) Eurosport Asia 18.09.16 14:30-17:00 live
Pays Bas NPO1 17.09.16

18.09.16

23:34-24:00
13:11-17:50
18:12-18:52
highlights
live
highlights

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